Star Wars 7 Rumor: Is Darth Vader Coming Back to Life?

“Crazy Star Wars The Force Awakens Rumor Brings Darth Vader Back to Life”

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In the run up to Star Wars The Force Awakens, there have been some great rumors to come down the pipe, and there have also been some duds. Star Wars experts will debate the events of the film all the way up until the opening credits of the film begin. Some of these rumors are not always worth mentioning. They are too far-fetched or outlandish that I just don’t want you to end up being confused. Some of them even baffle me. There was a rumor circulating that claimed that J.J. Abrams was going to retcon the entire series and find a way to hit the reset button as he did with the Star Trek films. I don’t think that this will be happening.

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There has been an interesting rumor that has popped up over at IO9.com. They cite that the original idea was proposed over on this EW article. Has J.J. Abrams found a way to make Darth Vader the focus for the next story? Will Darth Vader be brought back to life for Star Wars Ep. 7? This is the crazy claim that they are proposing. This rumor is laid out really nicely for us, and seems as though it could have a bit of weight. I don’t necessarily think that this whole rumor could be what is happening. But it seems like some of this is likely.

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The first trailer introduces us to the villain, Kylo Ren, and his red lightsaber, complete with saber hilt. This hilt was a first for Star Wars. In the second trailer, the opening scene is of Darth Vader’s old tattered helmet. The rumor asks why? Why bring up a villain that died years before. There really is no more Empire. There is no great Sith threat. Why show us a reveal in a trailer that could potentially be a big moment in the film. Why bring up past characters, especially if you want viewers to attach themselves to the new characters?

This article could have huge spoilers ahead. Tread lightly. I don’t have any idea what will be in the final film. Not yet anyway.

J.J. Abrams has let us know that Kylo Ren is obsessed with Darth Vader. Although we know this, it still seems weird to place a shot of the mask in the trailer.

“The movie explains the origins of the mask and where it’s from, but the design was meant to be a nod to the Vader mask,and [Ren] is well aware of what’s come before, and that’s very much a part of the story of the film.”

[Entertainment Weekly]

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If Ren is aware of the past, and is collecting artifacts and relics of Darth Vader, things might not be good for anyone. Leia and Finn have also both been seem brandishing Anakin Skywalker’s lightsaber. The one that Luke received from Obi-Wan in A New Hope, and then was lost when Vader cut off Luke’s arm in Return of the Jedi. This could be what brings these two groups of people together. IO9.com cites that one of the Kylo Ren toys in stores says “That weapon is mine!” Is this line in reference to Luke’s lightsaber or Vader’s?

J.J. Abrams has also stated that Kylo Ren is NOT a Sith, although it is obvious that he wants to be. If the Force never goes away, then could it be assumed that Kylo Ren is gathering these powerful objects with the hopes that he can absorb the power of a great Sith lord.  This is where things start to reach a bit. Is there some technology in the Star Wars universe that can bring Vader back to life if all of his possessions are gathered together? We know that there is a tale of a Sith lord that brought a dead loved one back to life, so is this Ren’s motivation. Has Ren heard this tale as well?

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In an interlude chapter of the new novel Star Wars Aftermath, by Chuck Wendig, set after The Return of the Jedi, IO9 says:

An Interlude chapter set on the planet Taris features a character selling a red lightsaber he believes to be Darth Vader’s to a group calling themselves “Acolytes of the Beyond.” These “fanatics of the dark side” and collectors pay dearly for the saber with the plan to return it to “its master in death.” Creepy. Also, what’s on the wall? “A stencil of a familiar Sith Lord’s helmet with the phrase beneath it reading ‘VADER LIVES.’”

So, just like with Disney’s FLYNN LIVES movement, there are people who think that Vader still lives, and are trying to acquire his lightsaber. There is also a rumor swirling that we will see a Darth Vader toy for the film soon. Is this the entire motivation of the films villains? Could they be trying to bring Darth Vader back to life. Cloning exists in the Star Wars universe, so is this even possible?

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Luke Skywalker is also playing a major role in this film, and it is also being kept top secret. Is Kylo gathering these relics to present a gift to the elder Jedi? Maybe this is his hopes to be trained in the ways of the Force. If this assumption is to be believed, then Luke would essentially become Darth Vader, the master, with Ren his Sith apprentice. I hope that is not the case.

Another possibility. Maybe, the resurrection of Darth Vader isn’t literal. Maybe Ren knows Luke Skywalker is still out there and wants to tempt him. The prevailing rumor about Luke in this film is he’s isolated himself from the rest of his friends because he’s scared of his powers. We don’t know if that’s true, but we do know Lucasfilm is being ultra secretive about Luke’s role in the movie.

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If Luke’s fear is true though, maybe Kylo Ren is collecting Vader relics as a gift. Maybe his plan is to bring them to Luke Skywalker, present them as evidence of his father’s legacy and ask him to help. Help Ren learn the ways of the dark side as master and apprentice. Maybe Luke Skywalker becomes Darth Vader. When Vader died, Luke was the only one there, and the only one who knows that (in the end) Vader once again became Anakin. Could this cloning work out for the heroes or the villains? There are so many things that this could open up. I shudder to think that Luke could follow in his father’s footsteps and go to the Dark Side of the Force.

[IO9.com]

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